1978-79 Topps Basketball Cards

1978-79 Topps Basketball Cards

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For the second year in a row, Topps went with a standard-sized 132-card set for their basketball issue. Once again, the smaller size of the set meant that there were no subsets.

Card fronts showed two pictures of each player. There was the larger game-action shot that took up most of the card, with a smaller head shot inside a circle in the lower right corner. The city, team name and player's name are placed along the left side of the larger photo, but oriented horizontally. The player's position appears below the smaller picture. The backs feature blocks of info presented vertically. A basketball that appears to be in play in a drawing contains the card number, with the player's name and vital stats to the right. Below that is a short write-up and then complete year-by-year statistics. At the bottom, there is a Star Stats feature that gives the highest-scoring NBA game of his career.

All-Star players are once again noted on their regular cards. A black box is added near the bottom of the card's front with the info about which team he made. Rick Barry's card features a reversed negative; Topps likely flipped the picture to keep his legs from being cut off by the smaller head shot, but the Warriors on his jersey is backwards as a result.

Key rookie cards in the set include Jack Sikma, Dennis Johnson, Marques Johnson, Bernard King, Norm Nixon and Walter Davis.

Key 1978-79 Topps Basketball Cards:

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1978-79 Topps Basketball Wrapper
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1978-79 Topps Basketball NBA Wrappers All 3 Variations Set
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1978-79 Topps #1 Bill Walton Blazers MINT
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1978-79 Topps Basketball Partial Set Lot (79) Parish Barry Hayes Davis
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1978-79 Marques Johnson Bucks Topps NBA Basketball Rookie Card #126
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1978-79 Pete Maravich Jazz Topps NBA Basketball Card #80
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1978-79 TOPPS BASKETBALL WAX PACKs lot of 2 one bid
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1978-79 + 1979-80 TOPPS BASKETBALL COMPLETE SETS EX
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Set Checklist

1978-79 Topps Basketball Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Bill Walton
2Doug Collins
3Jamaal Wilkes
4Wilbur Holland
5Bob McAdoo
6Lucius Allen
7Wes Unseld
8Dave Meyers
9Austin Carr
10Walter Davis RC
11John Williamson
12E.C. Coleman
13Calvin Murphy
14Bobby Jones
15Chris Ford
16Kermit Washington
17Butch Beard
18Steve Mix
19Marvin Webster
20George Gervin
21Steve Hawes
22Johnny Davis RC
23Swen Nater
24Lou Hudson
25Elvin Hayes
26Nate Archibald
27James Edwards RC
28Howard Porter
29Quinn Buckner RC
30Leonard Robinson
31Jim Cleamons
32Campy Russell
33Phil Smith
34Darryl Dawkins
35Don Buse
36Mickey Johnson
37Mike Gale
38Moses Malone
39Gus Williams
40Dave Cowens
41Bobby Wilkerson RC
42Wilbert Jones
43Charlie Scott
44John Drew
45Earl Monroe
46John Shumate
47Earl Tatum
48Mitch Kupchak
49Ron Boone
50Maurice Lucas
51Louie Dampier
52Aaron James
53John Mengelt
54Garfield Heard
55George Johnson
56Junior Bridgeman
57Elmore Smith
58Rudy Tomjanovich
59Fred Brown
60Rick Barry
61Dave Bing
62Anthony Roberts
63Norm Nixon RC
64Leon Douglas RC
65Henry Bibby
66Lonnie Shelton
67Checklist 1-132
68Tom Henderson
69Dan Roundfield
70Armond Hill RC
71Larry Kenon
72Billy Knight
73Artis Gilmore
74Lionel Hollins
75Bernard King RC
76Brian Winters
77Alvan Adams
78Dennis Johnson RC
79Scott Wedman
80Pete Maravich
81Dan Issel
82M.L. Carr
83Walt Frazier
84Dwight Jones
85Jo Jo White
86Robert Parish
87Charlie Criss RC
88Jim McMillian
89Chuck Williams
90George McGinnis
91Billy Paultz
92Bob Dandridge
93Ricky Sobers
94Paul Silas
95Gail Goodrich
96Tim Bassett
97Ron Lee
98Bob Gross
99Sam Lacey
100David Thompson
101John Gianelli
102Norm Van Lier
103Caldwell Jones
104Eric Money
105Jim Chones
106John Lucas
107Spencer Haywood
108Fast Eddie Johnson RC
109Sidney Wicks
110Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
111Sonny Parker RC
112Randy Smith
113Kevin Grevey
114Rich Kelley
115Scott May
116Lloyd Free
117Jack Sikma RC
118Kevin Porter
119Darnell Hillman
120Paul Westphal
121Richard Washington
122Dave Twardzik
123Mike Bantom
124Mike Newlin
125Bob Lanier
126Marques Johnson RC
127Foots Walker RC
128Cedric Maxwell RC
129Ray Williams RC
130Julius Erving
131Clifford Ray
132Adrian Dantley

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